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LG UltraGear 24GL600F Review: Top-tier Performance On A Budget

There's a lot to like with LG's new budget monitor

While LG is a brand known for its TVs, they’re a relatively obscure brand when it comes to gaming monitors, at least in the Philippines. That’s a shame though, as the 24-inch LG UltraGear 24GL600F gaming monitor is one of the best options that you can buy in its price range if you’re a competitive gamer.

With a fast 144Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time, and FreeSync capabilities, it has all the features you need if you’re a competitive gamer.

Pros

  • Excellent performance for the price
  • Fast 1ms response time
  • FreeSync compatible
  • Very competitive pricing

Cons

  • Visually bland
  • Viewing angles not that great

Nondescript design devoid of RGB

The LG UltraGear 24GL600F’s design is as basic as they come. The overall design is very inoffensive (read: boring), and doesn’t have bells and whistles like RGB lighting in the body.

There are some red highlights thrown in the design, but you can only see them when you’re looking at the monitor from the back. There are no height or angle adjustments here, and you’ll only be able to change the monitor’s tilt angle.

Unlike other monitors, the ports and connectors don’t point down but are immediately accessible on the rear. This makes it easier to connect and remove cables but makes cable management a little harder to do.

As far as controls go, we like the fact that the LG UltraGear 24GL600F uses a 4-way joystick to control monitor options, instead of going with cheaper-looking buttons. The joystick is located right below the LG logo.

Fast performance where it counts

The LG UltraGear 24GL600F has a 24-inch (23.6-inch to be exact) full HD TN panel.

There’s a lot to like about the LG UltraGear 24GL600F’s performance and features. One is the fact that it has a 144Hz refresh rate and AMD FreeSync capabilities, which gives you a variable refresh rate as long as your card supports the feature. Virtually all current NVIDIA and AMD-made GPUs support FreeSync now so that’s not really a big concern here.

The panel also has a 1ms GtG response time that removes motion blur of subjects, and there’s also 1ms Motion Blur Reduction (MBR) technology via backlight strobing that provides CRT-like motion clarity. Take note that this feature only works with either 120Hz or 144Hz, and reduces lowers the maximum brightness as well. Speaking of brightness, the monitor has 300 nits of brightness, according to LG.

The monitor performed as advertised, with no blur to speak of. FreeSync does its job here, and we enjoyed our time with the LG UltraGear 24GL600F playing a myriad of titles ranging from Squad to Overwatch, Call Of Duty, and more without any issues at all.

The biggest issue you’ll run into with this budget monitor is viewing angles. Since it uses a TN panel, viewing angles beyond looking at the monitor dead on isn’t ideal. In fact, they’re pretty bad, with colors and contrast distorting when looking at it from the side or angle. This pretty much rules out using it as a secondary monitor, but if you’re using this as your primary home monitor those issues aren’t a big deal.

As far as color accuracy goes, it’s not bad – with other outfits reporting 95% of sRGB coverage, though it’s not color-corrected out of the box. While we certainly won’t recommend it if you’re looking to do serious work that requires color-accuracy, it’s a perfectly fine display for watching movies, playing games, and for casual use, which is its function.

Verdict: Great budget performer

LG’s UltraGear 24GL600F is a masterclass in compromise. This no-frills monitor focuses on the things that matter most to competitive gamers, at a price that’s hard to ignore.

Local pricing for the UltraGear 24GL600F is set at Php 12,599 which is pretty good considering what you’re getting. If you’re looking to get a performance-oriented display for not much money, it’s hard to beat the value that the LG UltraGear 24GL600F gives.

John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

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